Hamish hangs around



Ex-tropical cyclone Hamish remains off the central Queensland coast after a week of lashing the seaboard.

Its effects have been devastating leading to a massive oil spill, which Premier Anna Bligh describes as possibly the worst environmental disaster the state has witnessed, plus the disappearance of two fishermen lost at sea.

“It may well be the worst environmental disaster Queensland has ever seen,” Premier Bligh said.

The Bureau of Meteorology estimates the low to be about 105 nautical miles east-northeast of Mackay and slow moving.

“The low is expected to remain weak and move northwards over the next day or so,” the bureau said.

The bureau warns another low could develop from a trough that is extending southwards from the position of ex-tropical cyclone Hamish to northeast of Fraser Island.

Strong winds that continue to batter the central and Capricornia coast are expected to ease over the weekend as the trough moves northeast and weakens.

A strong wind warning is current from Bowen to Double Island Point, including Hervey Bay with an expected swell of up to three metres.

The strong wind warning for Double Island Point to Cape Moreton has been cancelled.



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